16/8/06 Weekly Report

Jason and Virginia Isaac
Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle
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Tony Zann
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16/8/06 Weekly Report

Post by Tony Zann » Wed Aug 16, 2006 9:37 am

In the estuary, blackfish numbers remain above average with the North Wall and Limeburners fishing quite well. Some nice lizards to around 2 kilos have continued to be caught over the past week, with whitebait proving by far the premier bait but it is somewhat disheartening to hear of a couple of crocs being removed from the South Wall. While we cannot deny an angler the right to keep a big flattie at present, the sooner legislation is passed protecting these big breeding females the better. The Coal Wall and surrounds gave a few nice bags of bream last weekend with chicken gut proving particularly successful. The breakwalls at Port and Laurieton have also continued to produce an excellent run of mulloway with the vast majority of fish taken on hard-bodied lures. It seems many anglers are now finally clicking on to the fact this method can at times prove far more successful than bait, particularly if attention is paid to time and moon phases.
Off the beaches, most formations were flattened during the big seas a couple of weeks ago but as of the middle of this week, a few promising formations were beginning to reappear. Bream numbers remain reasonable with some bumper fish well over 1.5 kilos on offer, albeit not in big numbers. North Beach also gave a few school mulloway to around 10 kilos over the weekend with live worms proving the successful bait, as is usually the case for school fish in this class. Tailor remain rather scarce off the sand but the odd better than average greenback has been a welcome change to masses of salmon now gorging themselves all along our stretches of sand.
Off the rocks, drummer are going as well as we have seen over recent times, with most pig addicts reporting varying degrees of success on local ledges and around Plomer, Bonny Hills and Point Perpendicular. It seems the recent big seas have paid dividends, washing out selected ledges and bring these top fighting fish on the chew. Tailor numbers have been down a little but the quality remains better than average with this season certainly being the best for many years for big greenbacks. Lighthouse has been fishing well over the past week but a trip to Hat Head or Crescent Head has generally been rewarded with better results. Plenty of blackfish for those willing throw a bit of cabbage around, while night anglers have been achieving some quality bream from Plomer and Lighthouse. When the seas really back down, chasing groper will also be an option with August generally regarded as the premier month for chasing these tough fish.
Offshore, leatherjackets are still around and if anything, the average size has increased with plenty of 50cm-plus specimens. Closer in, snapper numbers have been solid, with fish to around 3 kilos quite common, particularly for anglers using soft plastics in less than 30 metres. With the variety and quality of lures now on the market, this form of angling is really taking off and can now be undertaken with a much higher degree of success and not just on snapper. The variety of offshore species partial to well presented lures is virtually unlimited.
Jason and Virginia Isaac, Ned Kelly’s Bait and Tackle 6583 8318 jasned@ozemail.com.au

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